Are you aware that most children in the Philippine countryside have never seen a cinema screen with their own eyes? We set on a mission to change that and so decided to organize a mobile outdoor cinema on Siquijor, the island that became our home a while ago and possibly beyond. A big screen, projector and a set of speakers and so magic begins in most isolated villages.
Why? Because we’ve lived in the Philippines a few years now and the country as a temporary home has offered us so much that it is only natural to reciprocate and this is yet another initiative in this spirit. Previously, we were involved in disaster relief and assistance efforts directed at victims of Typhoon Yolanda which devastated the Philippines in November 2013, participated in initiatives aiming at environmental education and during the school year regularly take part in beach clean ups with the kids from a nearby school. The cinema will provide a nice touch in the field of entertainment.
Touring the island with a projector and audio equipment apart from entertainment is meant to provide educational features as well, mostly in the field of environmental protection, road and water safety and animal welfare. We believe there is quite a lot to do in these topics. Fortunately, at the stage of selecting content we find genius and clever insight of creators in this respect. Some cartoons are simply brilliant.
The ‘’Kids Movie Night’ project was officially launched in July 2016 and has been an instant success. Weekly screenings are regularly attended by tens of local children often accompanied by teenage siblings, parents and even grandparents. The events oftentimes turn into multigenerational village gatherings - lit by the glowing screen among laughter, applause and smell of fresh popcorn. Such moments right in the middle of nowhere are truly magical. Thousands of kids attended the admission free events during 8 months of operation which makes us want to continue indefinitely.
We have set up this webpage to create a community of like-minded people, promote the initiative and facilitate it being supported financially. We believe crowd funding is a powerful tool and a whole lot more can be done together. Every donation will be much appreciated – even relatively small amounts do make a difference here in the countryside. We would also like to invite companies and businesses – together we can various forms of cooperation.
Wider exposure will also help us reach out to authors, creators and labels here in the Philippines in our constant search for quality content. If you yourself are or know someone who could assist in this matter, please do not hesitate to contact us here. Suggestions and comments are most welcome.
Finally, we are accessible and open to suggestions. If you would like to invite Kids Movie Night to your barangay, feel free to give us a shout. We will be delighted to accept your invitation. All we need is a power outlet and a few rows of chairs. See you soon!